Soft Tissue Radionecrosis


Patients who undergo radiation therapy sometimes experience complications long after the treatment. Soft tissue radionecrosis, especially of the head and neck, was studied by R.E. Marx, DDS. Dr. Marx found hyperbaric oxygen therapy to be useful “prior to surgery to create well-vascularized tissue that would subsequently heal and accept bone grafts.” The research, conducted at Wilford Hall Medical Center of the U.S. Air Force in San Antonio, Texas, has set the treatment protocols for HyOx.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works to heal the soft tissue by promoting angiogenesis, the growth of blood vessels into a tissue involving the development of new capillary blood vessels, in the injured areas. This allows for improved oxygenation and nutrition.